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Broken Hill (2009)

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A sheep-rancher's son aspires to win a music conservatory scholarship, but to apply he needs musicians who can play his music. Circumstances lead him to form a band out of prison inmates.


Dagen Merrill


Dagen Merrill
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Luke Arnold ... Tommy McAlpine
Alexa PenaVega ... Kat Rogers (as Alexa Vega)
Rhys Wakefield ... Scott Price
Timothy Hutton ... George McAlpine
Che Timmins ... Kalai Takalua
John Clark John Clark ... Maestro Pindari
Leo Taylor Leo Taylor ... Warden Bill Rude
Andy McPhee ... Bear
George Kapiniaris George Kapiniaris ... Ricardo Romero
Ebony Ween Ebony Ween ... Ricardo's Daughter
Luke O'Loughlin Luke O'Loughlin ... Fuzz
Adam Groecke Adam Groecke ... Jock Boy (as Adam Grocke)
Peter Lamb Peter Lamb ... Officer Jack Taylor
Todd Telford Todd Telford ... Bells Player - Jeffrey
Hung Le Hung Le ... Cho the Violin Player


Tommy, a gifted teenage composer, dreams of being accepted into the famous Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Unfortunately, a good band is hard to find in the middle of Outback Australia - until a strange incident involving flying watermelons leads him to a group of talented prison inmates. Written by H. Rose

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Music was their second chance.


Drama | Family | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements and some language



USA | Australia



Release Date:

11 September 2009 (USA) See more »


Box Office


$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$32,140, 13 September 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$50,076, 20 September 2009
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Luke Arnold's first feature film. See more »


Maestro Pindari: If you went somewhere were there's no music, you sit there and you listen, and then you'll hear it. The music is already there. Just pay attention Thomas. You'll find it.
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Excellent movie for music lovers
12 March 2012 | by isaantoniaSee all my reviews

I, without a doubt, give the max grade to this movie and as of tonight it made my TOP 10 EVER list of movies. If you're looking for that special something, the out-of-the-box thinking coupled with good advice, lots of perseverance, focus on the goal and hard work. The road is bumpy and not without surprises but the ultimate result of Tommy's work in teaming up inmates for evading their status quo by reaching out the freedom of expression through music is unbelievable. I have never had so much energy from a piece of music such as Tommy's concert in Sydney. Kat sees the real Tommy and that changes her scary life down- spiral, too. They both find love in the community project that changed many lives. Family matters, friendship and good over evil prevail, it's all around a great movie to watch. Strongly recommended to families with children.

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